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Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat launched to dingy

At 12.54 today, Dover MRCC requested the launch of Dungeness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell to reports by anglers of a yacht tender drifting towards Dungeness point.

The RNLI lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Stuart Adams launched at 1.05pm and was quickly on scene 0.5 nautical miles off Dengemarsh to the west of Dungeness. The lifeboat first found a small boat with a fisherman aboard in no danger. After a short search of the area a badly damaged 8ft yacht tender was found and recovered aboard the RNLI lifeboat. The lifeboat then conducted a further search of the area to ensure that no people were in the water and there was no further wreckage that could endanger other vessels. Having been satisfied the area was clear the lifeboat then returned to station at 1.45pm, was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

Stuart Adams RNLI Coxswain for Dungeness’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: Although this tender had been in the water for some time the anglers did exactly the right thing reporting it to the coastguard. We were happy to investigate as there could have been people in trouble. Also this tender could have caused a hazard to shipping.

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Photo by crew member Natalie Adams of the tender on RNLB The Morrell

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